Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is located at a distance of 22 km south of Bangalore. This 25,000 acre zoological park was established in 1971 and is one of the major tourist destinations of Bangalore. Ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division come under this national park.
Bannerghatta National Park provides shelter to the Mammals like elephant, gaur, leopard, jackal, fox, wild pig, sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, porcupine and the hare.
One of the main attractions of Bannerghatta National Park is lion and tiger safari. The Tiger Reserve of the park has been recognized by the Forest Department of India. The other attractions of this park include its crocodile, snake farm and the Butterfly park.
Bannerghatta National Park also houses verity of Birds like cormorants, white ibis, little green heron, grey heron, paradise flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Common Grey Hornbill, White bellied Drong, Spotted Owlet, Collared Scop's owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Eurasian Eagle owl and Brown Fish owl.
Bannerghatta National Park boasts of a rich flora, including the zizyphus, jalari, neem, tamarind, chujjullu, sandal, etc.
Bannerghatta National Park houses a small museum in the zoo which showcases zoological exhibits. The zoo, which is a major attraction in this area, also has a reptile park and a small theatre.
A children's corner provides an added attraction. Trekking lovers will enjoy Uddigebande (3.5 km) a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 km) and Mirza Hill (1.5 km)